Trump an­noyed by ques­tions on Rus­sia, shut­down stale­mate

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ini­tially sounded as though such a move was im­mi­nent, but then pulled back. He has said sev­eral times since he first men­tioned the idea in pub­lic ear­lier this month that he prefers to try to reach a deal with Con­gress.

A key ques­tion is how much more time is Trump will­ing to give law­mak­ers. Gra­ham, who said he and Trump talked by tele­phone on Sun­day morn­ing, said the leg­isla­tive path “is just about shut off” and blamed Pelosi.

The speaker’s of­fice had no im­me­di­ate com­ment.

Democrats op­pose an emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion but may be pow­er­less to block it. Some Repub­li­cans are wary, too, fear­ing how a fu­ture Demo­cratic pres­i­dent might use that au­thor­ity. Such a move, should Trump ul­ti­mately go that route, would al­most cer­tainly be chal­lenged in the courts.

Sen. Chris Coons, DDel., called Gra­ham’s idea to re­open the gov­ern­ment a “great place to start.”

“I do think if we re­open the gov­ern­ment, if the pres­i­dent ends this shut­down cri­sis, we have folks who can ne­go­ti­ate a re­spon­si­ble, mod­ern in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy that will ac­tu­ally make us safer,” Coons said.

Trump has main­tained that the bor­der can­not be se­cured with­out a wall.

Gra­ham said he thinks Trump is will­ing to ac­cept the $5.7 bil­lion he has in­sisted on for the wall, along with some im­mi­gra­tion mea­sures Democrats might find ac­cept­able, such as help­ing im­mi­grants who were il­le­gally brought to the U.S. as chil­dren.

Trump has ex­pressed in­ter­est in a broader im­mi­gra­tion over­haul, but says he first wants the Supreme Court to ad­dress the class of im­mi­grants known as “Dream­ers.” Pelosi also has shown no in­ter­est in ac­cept­ing a wall – she has called it an “im­moral­ity” – in ex­change for im­mi­gra­tion fixes.

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